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Removed from the DSM-5: Considerations for Counselors Treating Individuals With Rett Syndrome
Rett syndrome is a relatively rare neurological disorder found primarily in females with implications in various areas of independent functioning. A diagnosis in its relative infancy, Rett syndrome results in a diverse array of symptoms including developmental deficiencies in communication, gross motor skills, social interactions, and intellectual abilities. Evidenced across various cultural groups, the rarity of occurrence makes Rett syndrome a relatively ignored topic in counseling literature. In light of the removal of Rett syndrome as a mental health diagnosis from the DSM-5 and misconceptions regarding this decision, this paper investigates the uniqueness of Rett syndrome and provides suggestions for care. A case illustration is provided to illustrate some considerations for the counseling professional.